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Though Richard Avedon started his career as a fashion photographer, he later became known for his unflinching eye. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Richard Avedon, Truman Capote and the brutality of photography

In a 1959 essay, Capote noted how Avedon seemed to capture ‘every hard-earned crow’s foot’ in his subjects – perhaps not realizing that he would one day be photographed by that same unvarnished gaze.
Making a book takes lots of brainstorming and writing, but there are many steps to printing it, too. sykono/iStock via Getty Images Plus

How are books made?

It takes a lot of steps – and help from other people – to make a physical book you can hold in your hands.
In a 1949 photograph, Mori works in his family’s nursery in San Leandro, Calif. Courtesy of Steven Y. Mori

Toshio Mori endured internment camps and overcame discrimination to become the first Japanese American to publish a book of fiction

On Dec. 2, 1941, a publication date was set for Mori’s first book. Five days later, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, upending the writer’s life and throwing the book’s publication into doubt.
South African lawyer and part-time fashion model, Thando Hopa, at an exhibition of Drum magazine front pages in. Johannesburg. Gianluigi Gueracia/AFP via Getty Images

Journalism of Drum’s heyday remains cause for celebration - 70 years later

The magazine grew to be the largest circulation publication for black readers in South Africa, and expanded to include East and West African editions.
A military guard of honour wear face masks against the spread of the coronavirus by the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb in Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poetry has linked war and disease for centuries

From cholera outbreaks to public health actions, war metaphors have long been used to describe diseases, to show what we fear and to explain our world to ourselves.
Visitors walk through Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s installation ‘Fireflies on the Water.’ maurizio mucciola/flickr

In dandelions and fireflies, artists try to make sense of climate change

Images of wildfires are powerful, but can make climate catastrophe seem like something spectacular and distant. So some artists are focusing on the plants and bugs in our immediate surroundings.

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